Friday, 12 November 2010

In a whirl!

Where oh where does time go. This time last week I was having a ball with loads of fellow demonstrators at convention. WOW it was fabulous. I swapped cards etc with loads of talented demo's. I will get round to taking some photo's of my swaps that I received. But for now I am going to show you some of mine.
My first one was for a Card Candy swap, we had to choose a set and make some embellishments that could be used to stick onto projects,
I choose Ornate Flowers with tiny tags as a sentiment. I tried to make it a wedding theme, so stuck to Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Wild wasabi. Love these new colours.

My second one was for a 3D swap. I had a bit of a hard time with this. I wanted to create something that was not only 3D but also could be used as a business tool.

As you can see I have used a LOT of product and a LOT of ribbon in it. The real red satin ribbon around the kite is machine stitched and pleated as I sewed. Then the designer papers (brights) where cut into sections and had to be stuck down individually. The tail I wanted little bows but couldn't work out how to put them on, then I had a brain wave to hand stitch them and place a button onto the back, this gave it some weight too. Each kite had to be measured for all the cutting bits, so it took me a whole week to make 10. Something I don't want to make again in a hurry.

I then made loads and I mean loads of general swaps, but my all time favourite was my little cute stocking and candy cane. I just loved making these and they are so simple.
Basically, its just two stocking places together and stitched around the edges. I then stuck a piece of ribbon on the top so that you could hang it up. Then punched two edges of card, stuck to top and trimmed. Then popped in the candy cane. So simple. Think I am going to make some for my tree this year.
Well better go and see to my Christmas Cake, its been baking slowly in the oven and smells scrumtious.


Sharon said...

I was delighted to receive the kite from you in the 3D swap Melanie. It is fantastic and muct have taken ages to make.
Your card candy is gorgeous too as are your swaps.
Thanks again.

Amanda said...

Love all your swaps Melanie - I didn't see that Card Candy and it is just gorgeous.. Great to spend some time with you at Convention.... and thank you for dragging me off for that photo!!!! OH and I haven't forgotten about the bags etc we were talking about.... just had a manic week since I came back - so I will eamil you sometime next week..... Cheers Amanda

Evelyn C said...

Great to spend time with you at convention Melanie and thank you mega much for the Kite - it is even better in real life - a real work of art from a very talented lady, everyone i have showed has been wowwwed by it!

Hope you Christmas cake turned out as good as it smelled, just wish we had smell-o-vision,love cake!